Staff Photo: Deanna Allen
The original Dunwoody Doozie, front, is a half-pound of meat topped with bacon, cheese, tomato, lettuce and onion rings that towers over the fish and chips, left, and the Thai chicken salad.
29 Jones St., Norcross
On The Menu
• Irish spring rolls Stuffed with corned beef, Swiss cheese and cabbage lightly fried and served with 1,000 Island dipping sauce, $8.95
• Classic pepperoni tortizza Rich marinara, think slices of Italian pepperoni and melted mozzarella cheese served over olive oil drizzled on a tortilla, $9.95
• Norfolk pot pie Roasted chicken breast braised in garlic, onions, carrots and peas in a thick, white sauce topped with a pastry shell, $9.95
• Meatloaf A blend of Italian sausage and ground beef stuffed with spinach and mozzarella served with mashed potatoes and gravy, $10.95
• Open since: 2005
• Location: Iron Horse Tavern is located just off the main street that runs through downtown Norcross.
• Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays, noon to 2 a.m. Saturdays and noon to midnight Sundays
• Owner: Dunwoody Restaurant Group bought out the Norcross Tavern and renamed it Iron Horse about a year later. The pub is the group’s only establishment in Gwinnett.
• Atmosphere: The building Iron Horse Tavern calls home is about 130 years old, with its original exposed brick walls and wood flooring. Booth, table and bar seating are available with flatscreen TVs scattered throughout the restaurant. Farther back to the rear of the establishment, three dart boards hang on a wall in a semi-private area and a pool table is set up just outside the entrance to the kitchen. During winter months, customers can enjoy a meal beside the large fireplace.
A raised patio spans the length of the building outside with patio seating under bright yellow umbrellas. General Manager Mike Holley said the patio is a popular place come the end of a workday and especially on weekends when the weather is nice.
• Menu: One of the most popular items on the menu at Iron Horse Tavern is a colossal burger known as the original Dunwoody Doozie. It’s a half-pound of meat topped with bacon, cheese, tomato, lettuce and onion rings that towers above the plate, dwarfing the soup, salad, fries or curried potato chips that are your choice of sides.
Along with the Doozie, the most popular dishes are the Tuscan sarnie — grilled, sliced chicken, oven-fried tomato, fresh basil (grown behind the tavern) and mozzarella cheese on grilled ciabatta bread served with basil mayo — and the bangers and mash — traditional English sausages served on a bed of mashed potatoes and gravy.
Tortizzas — olive oil drizzled on a tortilla and served pizza style with a choice of toppings — salads, soups, a bevy of appetizers and a couple main courses round out the menu.
Iron Horse Tavern serves beer, wine and liquor, with summer drinks currently on special that are heavy on the fruit — melon, strawberry, banana and raspberry.
• Things you might not know: Iron Horse Tavern is one of the locations included in the Norcross ghost tours that introduce guests to local places suspected by some of being haunted. Holley said he sometimes hears noises late at night but hasn’t come across any ghosts ... yet.